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"teen kids news" is about to begin. here's what's happening. >> want to start your own business? meet this young entrepreneur who has already hit the big time. i'll show you how people who can't hear can see what i'm saying. meet a famous athlete who's bringing his special "cheer" to students across the country. what do colleges want? we'll talk to the people who decide who gets in and who doesn't.
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this isn't your mom's pb&j. i'll take you to a unique restaurant. and it all starts right now on "teen kids news." welcome to "teen kids news." i'm mwanzaa. >> and i'm jessica. here's our top story for this week. an entrepreneur -- by definition, that's a person who starts a new business venture. usually, that's also someone pretty grown up. but not always. siena introduces us to an entrepreneur who was dreaming big, even before he knew how to ride a bike. >> reporter: a lemonade stand on a hot summer day. we all remember doing it as a kid.
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i bet you never realized all of the valuable business skills you can learn from a couple of lemons. >> it was actually a great business lesson because you learned about inventory, planning. you learned about budgeting. you learned about financials. and for me it was the most exciting because we were the most profitable lemonade stand on my street. >> reporter: ben's been an entrepreneur for, well, his whole life, starting with lemonade stands. at the age of 12, ben combined his early love of businessnd computers to start his first company. >> i took my hobby and i really started learning about web design. i taught myself different web programming languages, html, javascript, css and so forth. what i did, i had a really lucky break in that i built a website that was all online videogames for free. >> reporter: he wasn't kidding when he said "lucky break." ben's gaming site became popular very quickly. but being so young and successful presented its challenges. >> when you're 13, it's very difficult to be able to call up advertisers and say, "hey, you guys want to advertise on my website? it's really cool." so i took a partner at that time
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who helped sell my advertisements, helped put in some of the initial investments for the website, the servers and everything, and we built the company from there. >> reporter: ben began to get recognized for his accomplishments. along with receiving several awards, he was soon grabbing the attention of the media. ben then set his sights on the airwaves. he helped create and host a teen radio show. >> we ran a syndicated show for two years. for us, it wasn't as much the celebrities, it was as much getting real, honest opinions from teenagers. so we would interview teenagers who were like student body leaders, class leaders and so forth, and getting their opinions on the stock markets, getting their opinion on politics, getting their opinion on the news that was changing the world. >> reporter: this all happened around 9/11. ben says that the radio show served as a unique outlet for teens to express their feelings. >> and there was a lot of concerns about what's happening next, what does the youth think about this? and it was very cool to hear class leaders, students be able to talk about that. >> reporter: with his business
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adventures, school work, family life and friends to keep up with, ben always needed to be organized. >> i really learned the value of time management at an early age, where there would be times where i would have to sneak out to the bathroom to take a phone call, where i'd have to be checking my voicemail at lunchtime, where when school was over, i'd have to hop on to a conference call. >> reporter: by the time college rolled around, ben swore he would take it easy, but he couldn't stay still for long. >> i ended up going to boston university. and during the summer of -- between freshman and sophomore year, i wrote my book, "conversations with teen entrepreneurs." and then sophomore year at bu, i started my next company, search rate technologies. >> reporter: so what's he up to now? >> these days, i advise other young entrepreneurs, like myself, on different businesses and companies. >> reporter: ben believes in paying it forward. his passion is helping other young entrepreneurs see their dreams become realities. >> when you have an idea that's on a napkin, it's just so
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exciting to actually see that become a real company with offices, employees, products, revenues, customers. there is very little downside to starting a business, and there's a lot of upside if you're successful. one of the great things about businesses is that failure's not only good, but it's accepted. >> reporter: and his advice for teens looking to jump into the entrepreneur world? >> well, if you want to be an entrepreneur, or if you want to start a business, you have to get used to hearing the word no. and then get used to figuring out a way to get them to say yes. >> reporter: ben hopes his story inspires teens to take a chance because anything's possible. if you'd like to learn more about ben, logon to our website and follow the link. a german teenager felt something hit his hand hard. in fact, it knocked him over and then buried itself in the road. when he dug it out, he took it to experts. they determined it was a meteorite, a tiny rock fragment from outer space. fortunately, the teen just has a scar and a story to tell. stay with us. there's lots more still to come on "teen kids news." >> we'll be right back.
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not everyone watches television in the same way. some people watch especially carefully because they're reading what other folks hear. tyler explains. >> reporter: this is the western pennsylvania school for the deaf. students have been coming here for a first-class education ever since 1869. a lot has certainly changed since then. >> imagine, at that time, the students came here in horse, buggy, trains. they didn't have cars. now we have computers, pagers, video phones. it's incredible, just a huge difference. >> reporter: one of the biggest differences comes from using technology to turn audio into video. the process is called "closed captioning." it enables the deaf to listen with their eyes when they watch tv. instead of hearing the words, they're reading them. >> here in school, we want to know what's going on in the
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world. we can watch the tvs here, because it's on all day and they have captioning for us to see. >> reporter: the government requires most broadcast and cable programs to be available with captions. most tvs today come equipped for closed captioning. you just need to press a button on the set or remote. >> captioning serves between one in ten americans. approximately 30 million people use captioning who are hard-of-hearing or deaf. >> reporter: vitac is a company that adds closed captioning to all kinds of programs, including "teen kids news." their biggest challenge is live events, like breaking news and sports. the people who turn the audio as it's happening into captions have years of specialized training. >> you're going to have to be able to caption at approximately 240 to 250 words a minute, which is extremely fast, so they're normally the top people in their class. >> reporter: the captioners use special keyboards to put words on the screen with hardly a moment's delay.
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technology also helps by providing some typing shortcuts. >> if you're doing local news or rnternnaionawsnews o or world news, you, of course, would read the headlines for the day. you would input the names and the spellings of all the people mentioned in the news for that day. and those names would be in there for the next time that you go for that stroke on your keyboard. it's going to translate correctly. >> reporter: all the hard work is appreciated. >> translator: i watch the news and read the captioning. it makes me feel proud and great. you know, with the caption, i can do it myself, i'm independent. and you know, without it, you'd have to depend on hearing people a lot more. >> reporter: at the western pennsylvania school for the deaf, closed captioning is a key part of the programming on the campus tv station. >> for each of our programs, we include signing, captioning and voice interpreting. you know, maybe it'll influence hearing people or even hard-of- hearing people. maybe they'll become fascinated
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and want to learn more about that and help them learn and want to use our language, too. >> reporter: she's onto something. closed captioning is also a useful tool for people trying to learn a new language.
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it isn't every day that one of our reporters gets to go one-on-one with a famous basketball player, especially when that reporter is erika's height. but she took a shot at it. here's her report. >> i am wildkat, from the world-famous harlem globetrotters. can everyone say "wildkat"? >> wildkat! >> reporter: six years ago, the harlem globetrotters began bringing their own type of cheer to schools around the country. >> three claps. two claps. one clap.
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half clap. [ laughter ] >> reporter: but this cheer is more than just fun. it teaches students skills they can use for life. >> we were really excited when we received a call from the harlem globetrotters. we're very big on academics but also on character education. >> that's effort. now i know i make it spin easily right now, but it wasn't always as easy to do. >> reporter: effort is a key ingredient in the globetrotters' c.h.e.e.r. program. we thought wildkat could explain it better than i could. however, i did have one small concern. i'm 5'5". so when i learned that the harlem globetrotters are over 6' tall, i wondered how i would do this interview. but it turns out it's not a problem. so, can you talk a little bit about the c.h.e.e.r. program. >> our c.h.e.e.r. program is just so special. it's one of the things we came up with six years ago. we developed it with the help of the u.s. department of education, and it's been
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well received all around the world. we go into schools and talk to kids about the importance of having good character based off the word "cheer." we break down cheer into an acronym. c.h.e.e.r. stands for cooperation, healthy mind and body, effort, enthusiasm and responsibility. we have the "c," the "h," the "e." what's the next letter? >> "e!" >> another "e," and that stands for a big word -- enthusiasm. it's a small form of the success that the harlem globetrotters have used in their 83 years of history, and we just wanted to share it with others out there, because, hey, it could help you become just as successful as we are. at this time, we're going to teach each individual one pass that they can do inside their very own magic circle, and they're going to see how c.h.e.e.r. works. >> reporter: the program fits together well with a program that principal tannis developed for her students. >> one of the things that we have in place at our school is our tigers of the month, where we have six core ethical values. and students who are emphasizing those values throughout their day here in our village, they are actually then honored as tigers of the month. >> reporter: students xavier, khara and ine'a have all become tigers of the month.
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the keys to their success? >> i'm always helpful to different people, and i'm involved in a lot of school activities after school and during the day. >> i've been doing my work. i've been tutoring some kids in class, and i actually helped one of the kids bring his grade up to a "b" average. so that's pretty good. >> i complete my work. i am a great student. i am on the principal's list for super honor roll, and i pay attention in class, and i'm just a good student. >> i need a tiger. i need a true tiger. >> you know, academics is the central component to the education, but there also still needs to be character building and exposure to different activities around the world to mold the whole child. >> life is a long road to travel down. so, as long as you work hard and always do the right thing at all times, you never know who's going to give you an
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opportunity. >> reporter: and with that said, wildkat agreed to give me an opportunity to take a crash course in a few basic skills. [ playing "sweet georgia brown" ] ♪ >> reporter: hmm, not bad. i'll record that in my journal under "e" for enthusiasm. to find out more about the c.h.e.e.r. program, visit our website at teenkidsnews.com. for "teen kids news," i'm erika.
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if you're starting to think about college, you're probably starting to wonder, "what do they want to see in a student they'll accept?" in this week's "college & u," nicole went straight to the top for answers. >> reporter: this is called the "common app," an application
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that can be delivered to colleges coast to coast with just one click. but what are those colleges looking for when they look at your application? your gpa, grade point average, is just the beginning. >> it's not just your gpa that's important. it's the quality of the courses that you take. so, you really should do the best that you can to stretch yourself academically. >> reporter: admissions counselors also look at standardized test results, s.a.t.s or a.c.t.s. these help show whether you'll be able to handle the work at their college. you'll also be expected to write an in-depth essay that reveals something essential about who you are. between grades, test scores and the essay, which is most important? >> probably all three is a good answer for that question. grades are certainly, by far, the most important, and it's the one thing that connects all of our applicants, is that you're in a classroom. you're learning.
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there are things that you need to do to present your knowledge and retention of the material, and so grades show us a little bit of that. >> reporter: colleges also look at your recommendations from teachers and others who can speak to your accomplishments. the admissions people are looking for what makes you special. if you're the only girl on your local hockey team, a musician who plays concerts to raise money for a good cause, even a standup comic. >> we talk about students who have a spark. that's something that's important to us. and students can show that spark in a lot of different ways. they may show a spark by being the president of their student body. they may have started a club at their school. or students who see that there's a need in their community that needs to be met, and they take the initiative to do that community outreach and serve their community in some way. >> reporter: colleges also are impressed if you hold down a regular part-time job. but here's one thing you don't have to do. you don't have to try to do it all.
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>> find the things outside the classroom that you love doing and spend time doing them. it's much better for us to see active participation in a few activities rather than a whole laundry list or a resume of dabbling in activities. >> reporter: it might seem odd that colleges want to know what you do after school. but that's because they want to know what you would do with your free time on their campus. the dean of admissions at northwestern university explained it to me this way. >> students need to keep in mind that you're in class maybe three or four hours a day. there's a whole world outside of that. we have different clubs and organizations, whether they're political or religious or artistic or athletic, or journalism or debate. we have hundreds, literally hundreds of organizations. so we look for students who are going to take advantage of those things as well. >> reporter: maybe the most important advice we got is also the most reassuring. if you try to be someone you're not, you might not wind up at a school that's right for you. so be the best you can be, but be yourself.
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this report is brought to you by the national road safety foundation. >> i am bethany brown, and i'm from cave creek, arizona. i go to belavista private school, and i'm here in new york because i won a film competition by the national road safety foundation and "noys," the national organization for youth safety. >> reporter: bethany beat out competitors from across the country with her winning concept for a public service announcement on distracted driving. the grand prize -- a $1,000 scholarship, a trip to new york city and the chance to help bring her concept to life. >> all right, so if you want to take a tour. we're going to show them the whole operation. >> reporter: the 16-year-old spent three days assisting award-winning director mark sadan. >> after working with the original concept when we got
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here, you have to develop it more into a storyboard. and then the actors and the location, everything else just starts to come. and then when you're working on the set and stuff, you can say, "oh, well, here's a different angle. that might look better." or things like that to make the film more interesting. >> and we'll discuss all these different shots and angles, and we'll follow that list. >> reporter: it was a thrilling, hands-on learning experience, from field production with professional film crew and actors -- >> we're doing it again, but go a little faster at a steady speed. >> reporter: -- to the edit room. >> final cut pro. this is the latest in editing equipment. >> there are no re-dos in real life. >> reporter: as a kick-off for national youth traffic safety month, bethany brown's winning psa was previewed by secretary of transportation ray lahood in washington, d.c., and you can see it right now.
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[ phone ringing ] [ horn honking ] [ phone ringing ] >> there are no redos in real life. >> reporter: for more information on "drive to life," you can check out the national road safety foundation's website at nrsf.org. for "teen kids news," i'm nicole. love peanut butter? sam went to a restaurant guaranteed to make your mouth water. >> reporter: it's not just for kids, but this place keeps new york's youngest visitors coming back. i'm going to give it a try.
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at peanut butter and company, you can have jelly on your sandwich, but eaters are encouraged to try something new. owner lee zalban came up with the idea while goofing off with friends in college. >> we would raid our cupboards and just pull out everything from dried apricots to chocolate chips to shredded coconut. anything that we could find was fair game for our peanut butter sandwich contests. >> reporter: now, some of those crazy ideas are actually on the menu. i wonder which one i should order. i decided to start on the sweet side with the sticky cookie dough surprise. that's really good. let's take it up a notch to the most popular sandwich in the store. this one's called the elvis. do you want to know why?
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>> it's a peanut butter and banana sandwich with some bacon and a little bit of honey, and it's grilled like a grilled cheese. it's based on a sandwich that elvis presley himself actually ate. >> reporter: that's a mouthful. i'm happy i have soy milk to wash it down. i ordered this one because shane says it's her favorite. thanks, shane. it's peanut butter and pickle. okay, shane can have all of the pickles she wants. there are plenty of other options here. so i'm guessing that you were a peanut butter and jelly fan as a kid. how much would you say you ate? >> i've loved peanut butter since i was a little kid. in fact, in my house growing up, there were three jars of peanut butter at all times. one said "lee," one said "scott," that's my little brother, and one said "mom." and my mom would do this because she got tired of opening up the jar of peanut butter and seeing
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the indentation of her sons' fingers in the jar. >> reporter: this experience took me back to when i was a kid, a little kid. for "teen kids news," i'm sam. that's all for now, but we'll be back soon with more "teen kids news." >> thanks for joining us, and have a great week.
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